Mo Knits

She also gardens, bakes, reads and exercises. But mostly Mo Knits.

Tendonitis Strikes Again


I’ve got tendonitis again, and I know why. I’m feeling stressed and sleeping with my hands curled under my chin. This coupled with too much fine gauge knitting always gets my right wrist, forearm and shoulder acting up.  

Last time was actually a godsend, because I was diagnosed with hypertension during my visit with the doctor where I intended only to figure out how to treat the arm and wrist pain. Note on the hypertension: I felt ok, but my blood pressure was 165/110. Not bueno. But I digress.  

Where were we? Oh yes, tendonitis. At least I know what to do this time. All super dorky.

  • Wear a wrist brace=Hideous
  • Ice=Cold. Uncomfortable
  • Cross muscle fiber ice massage=Pain in the ass and painful to boot
  • Rest=No Knitting
  • I’ll do it all. I really will. Compliance will be my middle name.

    So I’ll put aside the pattern for the little layette that I’d really like to crank out. And that cashmere scarf I’m knitting for someone special will have to wait.

    If I can’t knit, I guess I’ll have to read about knitting, and yesterday I grabbed just the thing at Lyon Books in Chico.

    Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman. Gorgeous photography by Jared Flood, and 26 patterns from all my favorite knit bloggers including;  Isolda Teague, Stephanie Japel, Norah Gaughan, Clara Parkes, Grumperina, and even a beautiful scarf by my boyfriend, Jared Flood. Ok, Jared isn’t really my boyfriend. Because. Um. You know. But at least one of us is madly in love.

    Do share what you’re reading knitwise, because I need to know, people. I’m out of commission for at least two weeks here. Pretty please. Thanks!


    Author: moknits

    I'm an addict. I obsessively shop for yarn and pattern books, then knit like a fiend. When I'm not knitting something out of someone else's head, I'm thinking up designs of my own. When I grow up I want to be Elizabeth Zimmermann. On the rare occasions I'm not knitting, or thinking about knitting, or shopping for knitting, I sometimes bake, cook, garden, read, and exercise. The exercise is not by choice. I only do it to manage pain from a herniated disc. Exercise for me works better than Vicodin, and I highly recommend it.

    8 thoughts on “Tendonitis Strikes Again

    1. Bummer about the tendonitis. I have to wear a wrist brace sometimes too, when I knit too much. Are you reading the Yarn Harlot’s blog? She never fails to entertain me.

      • I read Yarn Harlot regularly. She’s great. I even donated to Medicins Sans Frontiers/ Doctors Without Borders because of her.

        I loved the post where she detailed painting over the wallpaper. We did that years ago at Paul’s Avenues house in Salt Lake City. Someone else had done it before us, and we didn’t notice until the wallpaper was wet with paint. Some of it looked like it wanted to fall off the walls. We held our breath and watched paint dry. Literally.

        Ahhh. Memories. We had good times in that cute little home.

    2. I’ve got an ancient afghan book that’s keeping me well amused at the moment. I’m sorry to hear about your tendinitis. Two weeks without knitting is a long time!

      • Two weeks without knitting is a freaking eternity. What am I supposed to do during knitting group this morning? Thumb twiddle?

        At least at my evening group there are infants to amuse. If there is something I love more than knitting, it’s babies.

        • Babies are an excellent distraction.

          Do you still need crochet hooks for the women’s center? I’ve only got a couple extras, but they’ll do more good work in a new home than they will for me.

    3. Sorry to hear about the tendonitis…. having suffered with it in wrists and elbow I can sympathise. Good luck on resting up – so hard to do, but if you don’t… discovered this the hard way. Something else to add to your tool box perhaps is Epsom salts – used in the bath, or even as a compress, it can help to reduce inflammation. Glad that there are such lovely distractions at your knitting group.

      • I had a bath with epsom salts yesterday! It’s the best. I love that companies are making mineral salts scented with essential oils. I always get the eucalyptus during cold and flu season. Lavendar is nice for everyday relaxation. Thanks for the suggestion. It really is a good one.

    4. I’ve got it too. It hurts to type as well and as I have to do that for work I just suffer!! I want to get on with my knitting too. It is sitting there and pulling faces at me – not fair.

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